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Men, Sports & Synagogue

Judaism is not a spectator sport.

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Published: February 16, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Anonymous, April 3, 2008 12:14 AM

Good analogy. Also good to describe different roles of men and women.

Before I became observant, it sometimes seemed that women were seen as "second class citizens" in Judaism. Since I started learning and practicing, I am ever more and more blown away by how wrong that idea is. This sports analogy is a good one to explain this I think. If you view Judaism as a spectator sport, then you see the shul as the "arena" and the women in the "cheap seats". It's easy to see how that might be upsetting. But when you realize it is not a spectator sport, but that we are all participants - when you become a participant - you realize that the arena is not just the shul - but every surface of this earth. And that just as on a sports team you have different positions, such as offense and defense, men and women play different positions. Neither is "better" or "worse" than the other. They are simply different players with different strengths. And they use their strengths for the benefit of the whole team.

(16) Anonymous, February 21, 2008 10:45 AM

yet again women trying to straigthen out the men in there world

(15) George, February 20, 2008 10:04 PM

It is a team effort!

I loved the comment about not being spectatos, but participants. We need to bond to one another, each at one's own capability. I see this at our beloved Charger football games here in San Diego. there are older fans, newer fans,people from different ethnic groups who may not associate with one another during the week. But come a home game, everyone has their team jerseys on to support the team. There is one purpose, to gain the victory. In a sense, we become echad- all in agreement on the goal, becoming as a family helping one another out.

(14) Henry, February 19, 2008 9:49 PM

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You can check her out at Wikipedia, Amazon (CD sampling) and her own website.

(13) Andy, February 19, 2008 2:16 PM

praying beecomes a spectator sport for same reason as baseball

I think that most men become fans because they don't develop the skills to be professional players. Sadly, many Jews view prayer as a spectator sport because they also lack the skills. Just like in sports there are different levels of skill in praying .To feel connected to God when praying, and to experience that he is listening may be as difficult to achieve as playing a professional sport . Thank God there are yeshivas and outreach orgs that coach.
Your statement about your husband knowing who played third for the Yankees in 1962 caused me to think of Clete Boyer. He passed away last year. Great fielder OK hitter. No hall of famer like Luis Apariccio but it was a great pleasure to watch him play. The fact that an athlete will move to another team for a better contract seems to me to be similar to a great Rabbi moving on to a different yeshiva or congregation. One can still appreciate the time spent together and still gain pleasure from them if so inclined.

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